Christina Smith (Set Designer)
With 20 years experience designing set and costumes for live performance, Christina’s work is consistently recognised both within the industry, media and the wider audience for it’s beautiful attention to detail. Her persistent dedication to her craft has brought countless world’s to life on the stage and earned her both accolades and valued life long collaborations.
She graduated from WAAPA’s design course in 1995 and has since designed work for a vast array of companies including Victorian Opera, New Zealand Opera, Seattle Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Malthouse Theatre, Playbox, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Australian Ballet and Queensland Theatre Company. Her ten years plus relationship with the Melbourne Theatre Company began with her working as the assistant to the Senior Resident Designer Tony Tripp and she has gone on to design over 20 productions for the company.
Outside of theatre she has contributed to numerous installations including the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI, 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies as part of the design team and Circa Theatrette at the Australian National Museum.
She is a regular lecturer in design for VCA and NIDA Open, and has also been a guest at WAAPA and QUT. In 2013-2014 she was a resident artist for Black Swan State Theatre Company and mentored several emerging artists in that time. She is currently a mentor for the Women In Theatre program at MTC.
Examples of her work were recently published in Staging Ideas by Stephen Curtis (Currency Press) and also featured in World Stage Design 1990-2005 (OISTAT). Her costume renderings were also exhibited in the World Costume Design ‘Costume at the Turn of the Century’ exhibit in Moscow in 2015.
Recent work includes Gloria and Hay Fever for Melbourne Theatre Company, Brigadoon for The Production Company, Hay Fever for Melbourne Theater Company, Madame Butterfly for Seattle Opera, The Odd Couple for Melbourne Theatre Company, Curtains for The Production Company, The Voyage to the Moon for the Victorian Opera, Angels in America for the Black Swan State Theatre Company and the groundbreaking visual and set design for The Flying Dutchman for Victorian Opera and Helpmann nominated production of La Traviata for Opera Q, SOSA & NZ Opera.
She has been nominated for numerous awards, and received the Green Room Award in 2004 for Best Theatre Design as body of work for Honour (MTC), Daylight Atheist (MTC) and Julia 3 (Playbox)